“The Spoken Word” – a collection of podcasts that can be downloaded for free from Conamara-based publisher
Cló Iar-Chonnacht's website – is a truly excellent resource. These podcasts, which feature authors reading their own work, include the voices of Máire Mhac an tSaoi, Gabriel Rosenstock, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Cathal Ó Searcaigh.
Micheál Ó Conghaile, writer and founder of Cló Iar-Chonnacht, began this project in the Eighties and “The Spoken Word” recordings were first issued on cassette. The recordings have been available for free on Cló Iar-Chonnacht's website for a number of years now.
Speaking to Nuachtlitir Ghaelchultúir, Bridget Bhreathnach, Marketing Executive with Cló Iar-Chonnacht, said that they have completed another series of recordings and are in the process of adding them to the archive at the moment. Among the writers included in this new series are Anna Heussaff, Aifric Mac Aodha, Joe Steve Ó Neachtain and Daithí Ó Muirí.
“We’re delighted to be undertaking this work,” says Bridget Bhreathnach. “One of the aims of 'The Spoken Word' is to give the public an opportunity to better familiarise themselves with Irish language writers, storytellers and poets, and to give people new ways to access their work.”